Microsoft SharePoint vs. OpenAir PSA

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
SharePoint
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft's SharePoint is an Intranet solution that enables users to share and manage content, knowledge, and applications to empower teamwork, quickly find information, and collaborate across the organization.
$5
Per User Per Month
OpenAir PSA
Score 7.6 out of 10
N/A
NetSuite OpenAir is a cloud-based Professional Service Automation (PSA) product which includes capabilities around project management, resource management, project accounting, etc.N/A
Pricing
Microsoft SharePointOpenAir PSA
Editions & Modules
Plan 1
$5.00
Per User Per Month
Plan 2
$10.00
Per User Per Month
Office 365 E3
$20.00
Per User Per Month
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
SharePointOpenAir PSA
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Top Pros
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Features
Microsoft SharePointOpenAir PSA
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft SharePoint
-
Ratings
OpenAir PSA
7.3
15 Ratings
Task Management00 Ratings8.015 Ratings
Resource Management00 Ratings7.515 Ratings
Gantt Charts00 Ratings8.09 Ratings
Scheduling00 Ratings6.012 Ratings
Workflow Automation00 Ratings6.09 Ratings
Team Collaboration00 Ratings8.012 Ratings
Support for Agile Methodology00 Ratings6.07 Ratings
Support for Waterfall Methodology00 Ratings7.08 Ratings
Document Management00 Ratings8.56 Ratings
Email integration00 Ratings7.09 Ratings
Mobile Access00 Ratings7.512 Ratings
Timesheet Tracking00 Ratings7.014 Ratings
Change request and Case Management00 Ratings8.010 Ratings
Budget and Expense Management00 Ratings7.514 Ratings
Professional Services Automation
Comparison of Professional Services Automation features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft SharePoint
-
Ratings
OpenAir PSA
8.6
10 Ratings
Quotes/estimates00 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Invoicing00 Ratings9.07 Ratings
Project & financial reporting00 Ratings8.59 Ratings
Integration with accounting software00 Ratings9.07 Ratings
User Ratings
Microsoft SharePointOpenAir PSA
Likelihood to Recommend
8.3
(191 ratings)
8.5
(20 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.8
(21 ratings)
8.2
(7 ratings)
Usability
8.2
(17 ratings)
9.4
(4 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(6 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(6 ratings)
Support Rating
8.6
(17 ratings)
5.5
(12 ratings)
In-Person Training
4.5
(1 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Online Training
6.4
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
6.0
(8 ratings)
10.0
(4 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Microsoft SharePointOpenAir PSA
Likelihood to Recommend
Microsoft
MS Sharepoint is specifically useful when you have to collaborate with multiple teams. All teams know what exactly is happening and if they need help they can get it without asking you to share the link every time. This really [transfers] the burden from my shoulders to the participants. As participants can access all resources on demand. For a small team[,] it might feel [like] firing a cannon to kill a mosquito. They can avoid Sharepoint and use [a] planner. If you are the one like me who was excited to see different templates, you will be sad to see there are not many and most of them [look the same].
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NetSuite
This product is well suited for an organization that is focused on client services, project delivery, time tracking, expense reporting, and revenue recognition. From a pure project management perspective, this product is not as feature rich as say Microsoft Project Server. For organizations that are looking for detailed complex project plan and resource management (along with resource leveling, etc.), this is probably not the best suited product
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Pros
Microsoft
  • Microsoft SharePoint integrates well with Office 365. So long as the content is organized and users know what they are looking for, it can store a wealth of information.
  • It's simple for administrators to add and remove users. It is possible to restrict access to specific pages of a website to particular individuals or groups.
  • As long as the document structure is simple and keeps track of authors and last edited dates, it is simple to store documents in Microsoft's simple document structure.
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NetSuite
  • Netsuite OpenAir PSA is highly configurable and has a large ecosystem of assets to work with.
  • Tasks are easily designed to automate processes in your business workflow.
  • OpenAir is designed in such a way that it can communicate and receive information from external systems without having to re-engineer your systems to make them work if you are following standard business practice.
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Cons
Microsoft
  • It does take some work to get your setup to be as graphical as modern design tends to be.
  • Overlapping calendars are great but they do take some time investment to create.
  • Depending on how many project or teams you work with it can get a little overwhelming to have so many different groupings.
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NetSuite
  • Compared to QuickArrow, setting up reports to reflect the data accurately seemed to require a bit more consultant time and collaboration. Getting the numbers correct is essential, so budget extra time for this iniative. We also learned that certain calculations can not be displayed in the executive dashboards. Ask these questions upfront to ensure your dashboards are complete for your needs (again, working backwards in the preparation stages).
  • Compared to QuickArrow, NetSuite OpenAir PSA falls short in the resource management capabilities. UI, flexibility, and scheduling options all could be improved. This is on their roadmap, timeline yet to be defined. Scheduling is vitally important to our company and this is THE area where we feel is the applications weakest. However, the application does provide everything critical to scheduling and provided the elements we needed in order to be successful. We altered our scheduling process accordingly.
  • During our System Administration 3 day online training, when a question was asked about detailed functionality, sometimes the trainer would share..."Yes, OpenAir has a configuration for that. Just inquire with your consultant and they can flip that flag in your instance." The responsibility for obtaining these special application configurations was placed on the System Admin [in training] to ask and to take notes. If your company needs the application to work a certain way, speak up and ask your OA consultant. There seems to be MANY flags that can be flipped in the background to allow for the system to meet your needs. My complaint is that these are not published, rather made available if one inquires.
  • OpenAir is able to generate invoices directly and we strongly encourage using this feature to keep everything housed under one application. However, this did not work for our organization and we leveraged a financial integration. A bit of a pioneer integrating with Softrax -- the integration works well, however is quite fragile. We do receive appropriate support when needed, but would prefer the integration to be a bit more stable. We recommend integrating with their stated supported financial systems, as staying the course will likely net a more stable integration.
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Likelihood to Renew
Microsoft
It's integral to our business. It's already included with most of the Office 365 licensing we buy, so the cost is effectively zero. It stores our files, it is the foundation for custom applications, and Microsoft only continues to enhance its functionality and its connections to other Microsoft tools. SharePoint just keeps getting better and better.
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NetSuite
It all depends. We are still looking at moving our consultants to Oracle PAC, in order to get our financial systems in line (we use Oracle Financials currently). We are feeling a lot of pain with integration and segmented systems.

Ultimately,it depends on how much pain is felt there. OpenAir has given us a path to follow on from QuickArrow. I foresee either moving onto Oracle PAC by end of calendar, or staying on OpenAir.

OpenAir to Oracle integration is not easy. From a reporting and process perspective, there’s been pain from being in different systems
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Usability
Microsoft
No usability issues reported. Individual teams also have allocated areas which replace legacy shared drives on local LANs. Access to Sharepoint resources is fully integrated with corporate Active Directory with additional two-factor authentication required for administrative users. Users have access to Microsoft Services Hub which allows you to create, manage, and track support requests while staying current on Microsoft technologies with access to select self-paced learning paths
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NetSuite
In this day and age I should not have to read a manual to understand a product. It should be intuitive to administrate and perform basic tasks. It feels like a ton of intelligence was poured into making OpenAir feature rich but no where near as much attention was given to the user experience.
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Reliability and Availability
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
NetSuite
The system up time was reliable and that was never anything we ever had any concerns/issues with.
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Performance
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
NetSuite
The performance was acceptable. If you had a very large data set you were working with it might take a little longer, but within reason.
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Support Rating
Microsoft
Support for SharePoint is quite good. Microsoft provides good support. Microsoft offers
  • Quick turnaround time for issues
  • A range of support services
  • Access to a network of resources
  • Escalation of issues
  • Ongoing development and commitment to produce enhancement
The majority of support is required for initial installation. Once complete and the system is operating we have had very few support issues.
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NetSuite
As an admin, I've had more contact with OA support than most. I've found their response to tickets typically timely and helpful, however many of the responses to tickets are "we will file an enhancement request" and then I never hear about it again. So not terrible, but not a very fulfilling experience.
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In-Person Training
Microsoft
The face to face training I received was on SharePoint Administration. It was rushed as there was a lot of information to cover and the application of the labs weren't that great either. I like to be able to relate what I am learning to what I am currently doing.
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NetSuite
Very knowledgeable and able to articulate how other customers configured the solution to meet their needs as well as the best practices they recommended.
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Online Training
Microsoft
I like to learn at my own pace and online training allows for that. Additionally, you can skip through pieces of content that you already know or are already comfortable with. Microsoft actually offers great videos on their website for basic fundamental SharePoint Training. I have used these training videos in some of my own training sessions with end users.
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NetSuite
We did a 3 day online remote course back in April. NetSuite prefers training to occur before migration. We went over the functionality of tool and three months later we migrated. Personally, I didn’t find it that beneficial. Certain parts of it were beneficial as they applied to me – talked a lot about invoicing capabilities that didn’t apply to me. They also have knowledge base / e-learning assets, but I haven’t referred to them
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Implementation Rating
Microsoft
Planning to the last detail would be advised. SharePoint is a very large application that takes a lot of finesse to get operational
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NetSuite
It went fine. Everything came over the way we wanted. In addition to migrating the current projects we wanted to migrate historical data – did that seamlessly. The finished product looked pretty good – just needed to tweak – and they helped us with that
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Alternatives Considered
Microsoft
The reasons for selecting MS SharePoint are: SharePoint provides ease of use and web design assistance and support SharePoint helps you schedule your content for publishing. enables users to share documents with external parties and offers a better internal structure of the content and better indexing and searching capabilities.
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NetSuite
OpenAir accurately reflects changes in real-time as well as lends itself to see where a draw is at, when payment is expected and what percentage of the contract has been billed or approved to date. This helps with project billing and tracking as well as cash flow. Quickbooks lacks the ability to show progress draws, approved changes, and pending changes on a given project where OpenAir excels.
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Scalability
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
NetSuite
Once the system is setup, it's easy to manage and maintain.
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Return on Investment
Microsoft
  • Increased collaboration - MS Sharepoint has increased knowledge share and collaboration between departments. This saves time and energy because of its efficient and effective communication
  • Increased document security - MS Sharepoint has increased our document security so we're safer knowing that our documents are security and access controlled appropriately. We are less prone to get in trouble by our customers due to the security provided by MS Sharepoint
  • Negative Impact Compared to other software - Not sure if the MS Sharepoint's main functionalities could've been met with other tools we currently have
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NetSuite
  • It covers our requirements for time tracking and project/resource management better than the previous solution we used.
  • Project managers are happier having this tool for their job and also because it is running on the cloud as opposed to running on-prem.
  • It doesn't help in any way improving the "chasing" of the people that don't submit their time-sheets in time. This one stayed the same as before.
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